5 Lessons on Gratitude from a Young Teacher
My 2-year-old daughter wakes up crying and wants to get in Mommy’s Bed. She reaches up her arms, and I lift her into bed. “Thank you, Mommy.”
She feels warm. I take her temperature. “Thank you, Mommy.” I give her medicine. “Thank you, Mommy.”
• Her lips are cracked. I bring her water.
• I apply balm on her lips.
• Her tummy hurts and her nose is congested. I rub essential oils onto her belly and chest.
• I turn on a kids’ show.
• I wipe her runny nose.
• I place her in a warm bath, wrapped in towels, to cool her feverish body.
After every single act of service, she replies the same: “Thank you, Mommy.”
In one hour, my daughter gives more “thank yous” than I typically give in a week. I learn from her the lessons I am supposed to be teaching HER about gratitude.
Lesson #1: People are inspired to help when we are kind.
Lesson #2: We might not be in the moment we want, but we can still be the person we want to be.
Lesson #3: Even in unfavorable circumstances, we can express gratitude.
Lesson #4: When faced with challenges, give focus to the tender mercies.
Lesson #5: We’re never too old to learn, and we’re never too young to teach.
Thank you, sweetie.